We are delighted to say that our redeveloped AS and A Level Law for first teaching from September 2017 has now been accredited. As part of the development process we wanted to ensure the content included relevant, new and upcoming areas, such as information technology law.
Information technology law (sometimes called Cyberlaw) is a rapidly emerging area of law. It includes issues relating to digital governance, digital content and intellectual property rights, cyber crime, e-commerce and privacy – future challenges include the law and Artificial Intelligence.
We consulted with stakeholders from universities, colleges and schools to draft the content as we were determined to ensure our new A Level in Law provided an initial legal education fit for the twenty first century – one that will inspire and prepare the digital generation. It seemed natural to include content on information technology law – a rapidly developing area. This objective led us to contact Richard Susskind, an author, speaker, and independent adviser to national governments whose main area of expertise is the future of the professions and, in particular, the way in which IT and the internet are changing the work of lawyers.
Richard was keen to get involved in the development of our new law specification. He provided guidance on content relating to the future of the courts and legal services, and also the law relating to the internet. Richard has worked on legal technology for over 30 years and his advice inspired us to include both these areas of law in our new specification.
Last month, Richard was the guest speaker at the Annual Lecture of the Society of Computers and Law at the Royal College of Surgeons. In his lecture, he spoke about ‘the future of law’, and the development of online courts, challenges to leading law firms and legal education. We were delighted when Richard talked about our new A Level Law specification and outlined the new content we’re including. Law is changing and we’re excited to be part of this with our new AS and A Levels.
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Ewan Brady - Subject Specialist - Law
Ewan joined OCR as a Subject Specialist in June 2014. Since joining OCR Ewan has been responsible for a number of subjects including Sociology and Government and Politics. Ewan took over responsibility for Law in February 2015, with his main task being the redevelopment of our new AS and A Levels for first teaching in 2017.
Originally from Glasgow, Ewan is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen with a MA (Hons) degree in History and Politics and gained a postgraduate diploma in European Policy, Law and Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Following university, he worked for the European Union and a political consultancy. Ewan taught for sixteen years in Scotland and England and has eight years leadership experience. He taught a wide variety of subjects including History, Law and Politics at A Level and History, Citizenship and Religious Studies at GCSE. In his spare time Ewan enjoys spending time with his family, going to the cinema and playing video games.